Visiting Brigids Well by Kate Mele | Celtic Meditations |

St. Brigids Well, LicannorIt was a tunnel of sorrow and prayer, prayer from such a deep unknown place to me, so loud in its manifestations — I was frightened at first, as though a cold hand had placed itself on my shoulder.But that was just the damp chill condensed in the dim, narrow passage that led to the well. Above the well, an opening poured sunlight in. Water blessed by Saint Brigid trickled from a spout on the back wall into a square basin, where coins glittered like awe.There are holy wells all over Ireland, but St. Brigids well in Liscannor is one of the most popular. The story of Brigid begins in pagan times. She was a goddess of poetry, smith-work, healing, nurturing, fertility, and fire. When St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, the power of the goddess was re-articulated as the power of the saint. St. Brigid is known for her compassion and courage.The well at Liscannor is thick with offerings and supplication. Along the passageway are pictures and statues of the Virgin Mary entwined with rosary beads, Mass cards, handwritten prayers, photographs of those in need. On the ivy that winds into the tunnel, visitors have tied ribbons and pieces of cloth, which are the traditional symbol of a request made to St. Brigid. Like St. Peter at the gates of heaven, a picture of St. Anthony sits above the archway to the well as if to say “What you have lost, you will find here.”

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